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I can upload and set a new mood theme in twenty minutes usually, it's a breeze. The thing that takes longest is uploading the image files to the image host - but hey I've a paid account so I can use ScrapBook can't I? So I decided to see how the other half do mood themes and uploaded a whole mood theme to my SB account which was surprisingly painless. There they sat all shiny, so I fired up my custom mood theme cheat sheet and stopped short, looking at the image URLs.

Usually I take my generic text file of the setpic commands and use find-->replace to add the image file URLs, image type, and width+height and then copy and paste the whole thing into the admin console, bingo, mood theme done. With the ScrapBook image file names being completely random my neat system falls down - hel I don't even know which of my image files match which mood any more because all my nicely named .gif files have been stripped of their angry.gif, irate.gif, pissedoff.gif file names (you're getting the picture?) So I opened the custom mood theme editor, (no, I'm not going to start on that) waited the five years for the 132 totally useless generic URLs to load, untickied all the automatically tickified "inherit from" ticky-boxes and started the loooong slow process of pasting the URLs into the editor. I gave up half way through at the three hour mark.

Honestly I can't be doing with the hassle, I'll just use photobucket for my mood theme and keep my calm.gif, but what I'd like to know is if there will one day be some way of telling ScrapBook that [x] gallery is a mood theme and have it name the files in some sort of running order, preferably with the mood theme file names so I don't have to make the mood theme editor (*headdesk*) break in new and unusual ways ever again? Yes I could tag them, but 130-odd tiny image files get uploaded in a oner even on my bit-of-wet-string internet connection and tagging them all would be almost as big a faff as using the mood theme editor.
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From:whitaker
Date:February 9th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the feedback. I agree the filenames can get pretty annoying at times. I'd like to implement some aliasing support sometime in the future... allowing access via human-made URLs that can be auto-set by the original filename and overridden later. I've also been wanting to make directory structure aliases to galleries for quite some time...

Anyway, things like this are on the radar, it's just a matter of prioritizations and time. :-/
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From:bekijane
Date:February 9th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I'll look forward to it and rant at you if it doesn't work for mood themes *grin*.
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From:politas
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
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Is there any way that we users can affect prioritisations?

For instance, I'd much rather my account fees went towards paying someone to improve fotobilder rather than implementing that "nudge" misfeature.
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From:whitaker
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
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Yep, with feedback just like this. : )
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From:kerravonsen
Date:February 21st, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
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Then let me second (or third) the feature-wish!
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From:sqrfruit
Date:February 9th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)

ScrapBook URLs Suck

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I don't use ScrapBook for posting images often because the URLs are so convoluted. I've got a ton of old quiz images that I'd hoped to host on ScrapBook, and someday I wanted to finish my custom mood theme and host it on ScrapBook, but I just can't be arsed to look up all the funky URLs.
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From:blindlink
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)

Re: ScrapBook URLs Suck

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agreed. I pulled mine off of Scrapbook after a failed initial attempt
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From:jalajscion
Date:February 9th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I use scrap book for my mood themes. The only problem that I was told that I had with it was the size of my images. I had to resize the images so it didn't take up so much bandwidth with my friends.

After that it was a breeze. (Except for the resizing thing. That took all day.)
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From:bekijane
Date:February 9th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
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So did you use the mood theme editor or the admin console? My cheat method of uploading a mood theme takes twenty minutes from beginning to end - any longer than that and it just isn't worth my time faffing with it.

I'd be interested to know if you've a method that's as quick as my cheat sheet using ScrapBook, because ScrapBook is a better image host.
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